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Chandran Kukathas on Toleration - Dictionary of Arguments

Gaus I 256
Toleration/society/group rights/Kukathas: Kukathas (1997(1); 2001(2); 2003b(3)), in particular, has argued vigorously that toleration is so important a liberal virtue that a liberal order will tolerate a diversity of cultures even if some of them are highly illiberal. What a good society protects is freedom of association, not autonomy. And for as long as individuals are free to exit the arrangements or communities or groups within which they find themselves, that order is legitimate - even if it might be one in which many groups or communities are highly illiberal in as much as they are themselves intolerant of diversity.
Group rights/KukathasVsKymlicka: This view, however, gives no particular rights to groups as such, and denies them the external protections advocated by Kymlicka and others; though it also denies outside authorities any right to intervene to lift internal restrictions imposed by such communities upon their members. >Diversity/Multiculturalism, >Group rights/Political philosophy, >Minority rights/Political philosophy, >Minorities/Multiculturalism, >Multiculturalism.



1. Kukathas, Chandran (1997) 'Cultural toleration'. In Will Kymlicka and Ian Shapiro, eds, Ethnicity and Group Rights: NOMOS XXXIX New York: New York University Press, 69—104.
2. Kukathas, Chandran (2001) 'Is Feminism Bad for Multiculturalism?' Public Affairs Quarterly, 15 (2): 83-98.
3. Kukathas, Chandran (2003b) The Liberal Archipelago: A Theory of Diversity and Freedom. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kukathas, Chandran 2004. „Nationalism and Multiculturalism“. In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications


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Kukathas, Chandran
Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004


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